- Wait until breastfeeding is well-established as changes can interfere with mom’s supply. This should help to prevent nipple confusion too—when your baby gets more familiar with the feel of a bottle nipple, and then has trouble latching onto your breast.
- It is important to understand that using infant formula will reduce the amount of breast milk your body produces.
- Start with one bottle-feed a day. Make sure baby isn’t hugely hungry for the first one, it’s best if they’re relaxed and happy.
- Try to set a combination feeding schedule of bottle-feeding or breastfeeding at the same time each day. It doesn’t have to be rigid, just make sure you’re responding to your baby’s “I’m hungry” cues.
- If you’re returning to work and would like to introduce combination feeding to your baby, start a few weeks before to help establish a routine.
- Make up each formula feed as and when you need it. Always follow the manufacturer’s preparation and storage instructions which you can find on the label.
- Ready-to-use formula nursers or tetra’s can be convenient for combination feeding – especially at first.
- For food safety reasons, discard unfinished formula or breast milk within one hour after feeding.
- If your baby struggles with bottle-feeding, try testing different nipples to see if there’s one that they prefer.
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